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Editor’s Note: NACDS Annual still an opportunity to connect, even virtually

As NACDS Annual kicks off as a virtual event, DSN editor in chief Seth Mendelson discusses the extensive opportunities that it will present to the industry — from business meetings to insightful speakers.

During unusual times, unusual actions must have to happen to keep things in balance. Starting today, NACDS will hold its annual meeting on a virtual format — the only way the retail pharmacy industry’s trade association can conceivably bring retailers, suppliers and other officials together during these strange days. 

I can’t wait for it to get going. 

Using a myriad of valuable programming and meetings, the virtual show will serve as a linchpin as we look to the post-COVID-19 era and what retail needs to do. NACDS has enlisted a more-than-impressive list of speakers, including Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, historian Jon Meacham, Carla Harris, vice chairman of Morgan Stanley and Cedric Richmond, a senior advisor to President Biden. 

The association will also award the Sheldon Fantle Lifetime Achievement Award to Larry Merlo, the longtime president and CEO of CVS for his incredible run at the company and all he has done for the entire industry. 

NACDS Annual will be different this year but still a great opportunity to connect with others on the same page. Hopefully, we will all be together in April 2022 for the next show. 

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